Therapeutic and Non Therapeutic Communication in 'Little Miss Sunshine'

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Describe an example of therapeutic/non-therapeutic communication in Little Miss Sunshine As a comedic family melodrama, Little Miss Sunshine (2006) contains a number of instances involving communication between the members of the Hoover family. Through a close reading of one of the most salient of such episodes the scene in which Dwayne learns that because he is colorblind, he will be unable to realize his dream of becoming an airplane pilot this paper elucidates the specific ways in which both therapeutic and non-therapeutic communication manifest. The scene begins with Dwayne's uncle Frank telling him that because he is colorblind, he will not be able to pursue his dream of becoming a jet pilot. Frank's statement is an example of non-therapeutic communication, since he broaches a sensitive topic without any words of compassion; he does not supplement his remark with any sympathy. Additionally, communicating with Frank in a face-to-face dynamic is more confrontational than if he had told him through less direct eye contact. For example, stating "I'm sorry" or offering advice from his personal trials with adversity would have been more therapeutic. After Dwayne responds by kicking the car door (as Dwayne has taken a personal vow of silence, his actions constitute a request to leave the car), Frank does inform Dwayne's parents that there is a problem concerning Dwayne. However, because of the noise from Dwayne's kicking, Frank's has to yell to communicate with Dwayne's

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